BOOK | Rip The Page!

rip the page

Just in time for summer! I love to write and I love to help elementary-aged children make that break-through to the point where they, too, love to write. Karen Benke’s book, Rip the Page: Adventures in Creative Writing, is a wonderful resource to encourage summer writing fun. With over 200 pages of writing ideas, I […]


Read The Brain Series

read the brain series

Here are some Kids Talk articles to help with understanding children’s brain development. And you might find some tips for yourself! The Kids Talk Brain Series Physical Activity Enriches Young Brains Brains Love Opportunities For Meaningful Learning The Brain Craves Clear and Precise Information  The Brain Seeks To Control Stress The Brain Learns Best With […]


BOOK | Building Cathedrals Not Walls

building cathedrals not walls

Building Cathedrals Not Walls is a collection of ninety Kids Talk essays to inspire you in your work with children, whether you are a parent, a teacher, or other adult in the life of a child. Cathedrals endure as symbols of vision and dedication from the Middle Ages. During this time in Europe scores of […]


FREE WEBINAR: Living Life Unplugged

living life unplugged

How does our interdependence on the human created super structure of internet technology affect our humanity?   How does technology affect our children’s natural and normal development, development that has been closely connected to nature since the beginning of time?  How can we use our technology wisely to help us maximize what it means to be […]


For Unto Us A Child Is Born

for unto us a child is born

Today we celebrate the birth of a man from Galilee. This man was born, as all of us are, as a small helpless being, dependent on the care and protection of a mother and father. This child was born in a stable on a journey decreed by a Roman emperor in order for an accurate […]


BOOK | Peace, Love, Action!

Peace, Love, Action!

August 28, 1963. The evening news showed Martin Luther King, Jr. giving his now famous I Have a Dream speech. As an almost eight-year-old, I listened, sensing the underlying truth of what he was saying. The next day’s newspaper carried the full text and I read it out loud to my mother, asking for clarification […]


Is observation important with online learning?

Is observation still important?

Since opening my observation webinar this week, I have received several questions on how is it possible to observe children in this online learning environment. One question: Is observation still relevant in these times of online / distance learning? Observation of children is more important than ever because we are in unknown territory.  We don’t […]


Healthy Tips

don't snooze you lose

Back in 2013 I wrote a series of articles about low-cost or no-cost health tips. I thought it was time to dust them off and send them out again. The information I shared then is as pertinent as ever. Enjoy the Kids Talk Health Series. Simply click on the title or picture to go to […]


FREE WEBINAR: Planning For Summer Fun!

Planning For Summer Fun

Are you concerned about having enough activities to full up the entire summer? At home and at school? In this “instant” webinar, Planning For Summer Fun… Parent or teacher you’ll learn: How to  co-create with children a summer full of fun on-target activities. How to prepare the indoors and outdoors. Tips for road trip activities. […]


Why Children Struggle With Academics

Why children struggle with academics

When we see children struggle with basic academics–reading, writing and arithmetic– there can be many underlying situations, but issues usually cluster around these three areas: Illiteracy Innumeracy  Lack of social-emotional skills Illiteracy What I mean by illiteracy is the inability to read and write fluently.  Children feeling defeated by the lessons put in front of […]